Bells Center of Noise Controversy
Dec. 03, 1997
THE COLONY, Texas (AP) _ A pastor is being rung up on charges for ringing the church bells.
Thomas Jackson, pastor of Calvary Christian Center, pleaded innocent Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of creating a public nuisance.
A neighbor filed a complaint alleging that the bells violate a noise ordinance in The Colony, just north of Dallas. The bells are activated by computer each hour from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
``In this situation we have one person who is going against the majority of the opinion of the people ... who love the bells,'' Jackson said.
A municipal judge set a Dec. 16 trial date.